Kerala Backwaters - Relaxing and Peaceful

 

After reaching the state I planned to start my trip right away and visited the most famous Kerala backwaters. The backwaters were a chain containing lakes and brackish lagoons, which lay parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. I learnt that it was also called by the name of Malabar Coast in that part of the globe. The backwaters are the ideal place to relax and I knew I could get a peace of mind. It is amongst the best laidback portion of the world, where I can keep all my tension at bay and relax for some time. The backwaters in Kerala are linked with various other canals, lakes, rivers and paddy fields and I could follow the life on boats across different places.

 

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/36566498@N00/417493791

When I hired one of the boats, I could see the palm fields as well as the paddy fields, which surrounded the canals. I saw farmers, who preferred to use the canal as a mode of communication. I came to know from one of the locals that those boats were used by most of the people. They told me that the backwaters came into existence due to the combined action of shore currents and waves, which created low hurdle islands across many rivers that flowed down after originating from the Ghats. Many people compared the Kerala backwaters to the Bayou in America. I could spot many cities and towns in the landscape many of which served as the boundaries of the cruises floating in the backwater.

Coconut Trees Kerala
Coconut Trees Kerala | Image Resource : onlineindiatourism.com

There were several coconut trees, cashews and other cultivations and they surrounded the Kerala backwaters. I had a unique experience of navigating in one of the traditional boats of Kerala and covered some of the famous places of the city. The boats were equipped with all the basic amenities. I could see chefs along with the full crew helping the guests. Most of the boats were designed for modern-day facilities, but followed some traditions of the Kettuivalam vessels. The conventional boats are normally crafted through the coconut fiber and they are not any iron nails used in them. One could easily travel to different places inside the state using the boats.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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